Following the closure of Staffordshire County Council’s Youth Club in December 2014, Gnosall Parish Council worked hard to ensure the funds and equipment were retained for the young people in this parish. St John Ambulance unfortunately, after decades of working from its building providing essential community first aid services, had to cease its operation from Gnosall and gifted the building to Parish Council to enable a Youth Club to operate from it. The Tremendous effort by the local community to get the building ready in only a few days of taking over its ownership to be ready for opening night and with a very limiting budget. The internal structure was quickly transformed to make it into a more functional building for a youth club. The equipment and furniture were scrubbed clean by parish councillors and staff, the outside of the building was cleaned by volunteers and essential donations were received from The Cooperative and Waitrose.
GG’s Youth Club opened its doors for the first time in April 2016 to children in school years 4, 5 & 6 from the parish and surrounding areas and is going from strength to strength thanks to over 100 members who have tremendous fun on Wednesday nights and also as a result of the group of wonderful volunteers who offer their time to help arrange and run activities each week and of course our Youth Leader, Jordan Archer, who took over from Yvette Spencer in 2017.
Since starting in April 2016, our members have created vegetable boxes and have enjoyed reaping the rewards, filled hanging baskets, taken part in weekly cooking and craft classes and have made excellent use of the field during the summer evenings playing football, rugby, other ball games and getting very wet one summers night taking part in a water assault course. During the winter months, the field is inaccessible as it is too dark and wet. However, Gnosall Parish Council kindly agreed that the Grosvenor Centre’s main hall can be used every second Wednesday. As the youth club building has limited space, when the Grosvenor Centre is not available, the activities will focus on craft and cooking and there will be a more controlled environment to ensure the safety of members and volunteers.
GG’s Youth Club opened on a Thursday night in September 2017 for children in school years 7, 8 & 9. This isn’t as popular as the Junior Youth Club as we only have 10-15 members attend. We hope that come September we will have the new year 7’s, therefore will increase our numbers.
Youth Club Award
Congratulations to GG's Youth Club for receiving a Highly Commended Award at Stafford Borough Council's Community Awards in the Youth and Education section. This award was received only a week after GG's Youth Club received a Special Recognition Award at Staffordshire Councils Youth Voluntary Service awards ceremony.
We have recently been to Newport Climbing Centre, Stafford Ten-Pin Bowling, Gnosall Fire Station to learn all about fire safety, we have supported Comic Relief, Children in Need by having our own Countryside Ramble. We took part in the carnival 2017, although we didn’t come first, we certainly had a very good time.
We are always looking for new people to help out at our Youth Club. Do you enjoy working with children, groups and like having fun? Contact Jordan Archer on 07715 392345 or contact Gnosall Parish Council on 01785 822685. Don’t worry if you can’t commit every week or even if you can only help out once a month! We also welcome students who are completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze, Silver or Gold) we can provide you a reference at the end of your voluntary period. All of our DofE members have stayed with GG’s as they have enjoyed it so much.
Trips and Events Coming Up
We have some more events coming up this year, we are celebrating Staffordshire Day by giving out oatcakes with a variety of savoury and sweet toppings. Also we will be taking part with Gnosall Carnival with having our own float.
GG’s have been very well supported by the Local Community. In the first 6 months of opening we received funding from the parish council, from the county councillors fund and the Gnosall Lions. In recent months, GG’s has received donations from the Gnosall St Lawrence Freemasons, St Lawrence Church, Gnosall Singers, Gnosall W.I,
Members pay £1 each week to attend which helps to meet the costs of basic equipment and cooking ingredients for the planned activities.